Ye Are Bought With A Price
Thomas Manton, Published in 1882
“Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body;
but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost
[which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body,
and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
1 Corinthians 6:18-20
“If a man had bought another out of captivity, or he had sold himself, all his strength or service belonged to the buyer. Christ hath bought us from the worst slavery, and with the greatest price; no thraldom so bad as bondage to sin and Satan, no prison so black as hell; and certainly Christ’s blood is better than a little money. So that to live as if we were at our own disposal is to defraud Christ of His purchase. Thus, we are Christ’s by creation and redemption; but now, if we would be His servants, we must be His by voluntary contract and spiritual resignation: ‘Yield up yourselves.’ Christ loveth to have His right and title established by our own consent. We take Christ for Lord and Master, and give up ourselves to Him, that we may be no longer at our own disposal, and therefore it is not only robbery, but treachery and breach of covenant to seek ourselves in anything. —T. Manton.